Interdependency and Care over the Lifecourse

By Sophia Bowlby, Linda McKie, Susan Gregory, Isobel Macpherson

© 2010 – Routledge

188 pages

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About the Book

Interdependency and Care over the Lifecourse draws upon theories of time and space to consider how informal care is woven into the fabric of everyday lives and is shaped by social and economic inequalities and opportunities.

The book comprises three parts. The first explores contrasting social and economic contexts of informal care in different parts of the world. The second looks at different themes and dynamics of caring, using fictional vignettes of illness and health, child care, elderly care and communities of care. The book examines the significance to practices of care throughout the lifecourse of:

  • understandings and expectations of care
  • emotional exchanges involved in care
  • memories and anticipations of giving and receiving care
  • the social nature of the spaces and places in which care is carried out
  • the practical time-space scheduling necessary to caring activities.

Finally the authors critically examine how the frameworks of caringscapes and carescapes might be used in research, policy and practice. A working example is provided.

This book will be of interest to students and researchers of care work, health and social care, geography, sociology of the family and social policy as well as those in business and policy communities trying to gain an understanding of how work and informal care interweave.

Table of Contents

Part 1. 1. The Care Context 2. Care and Interdependency Part 2. 3. Living with Care 4. Learning to Care 5. Networks and Chains of Care 6. Working and Caring Part 3. 7. Visions of Care

About the Authors

Sophia Bowlby is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Reading, UK. Linda McKie is Research Professor in Sociology at Glasgow Caledonian University and Associate Director at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Susan Gregory was Research Fellow at the Research Unit in Health, Behaviour and Change and, following her recent retirement, is an Honorary Fellow in Public Health Sciences, both at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Isobel MacPherson runs her own business, Community Health Research and Evaluation, and was previously a Senior Research Fellow at Glasgow Caledonian University, UK.

About the Series

Relationships and Resources

A key contemporary political and intellectual issue is the link between the relationships that people have and the resources to which they have access.  When people share a sense of identity, hold similar values, trust each other and reciprocally do things for each other, this has an impact on the social, political and economic cohesion of the society in which they live.  So, are changes in contemporary society leading to deterioration in the link between relationships and resources, or new and innovative forms of linking, or merely the reproduction of enduring inequalities? Consideration of relationships and resources raises key theoretical and empirical issues around change and continuity over time as well as time use, the consequences of globalisation and individualisation for intimate and broader social relations, and location and space in terms of communities and neighbourhoods.  The books in this series are concerned with elaborating these issues and form a body of work that will contribute to academic and political debate.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Marriage & Family